Tom Brady and the Patriots are the Super Bowl LI champions. Although many prefer watching the game, others are always anticipating the fiery halftime show and the laugh-out-loud commercials. A historic Super Bowl comeback went perfectly with this historically executed halftime show.
This year’s halftime show was an epic hit. Lady Gaga delivered an explosive hits medley among the crowd gathered at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The global superstar took to the skies as hundreds of drones flew in the background. The impressive display went hand-in-hand with her opening number of “God Bless America” as the American flag illuminated the sky. The high-energy entrance was only the beginning. She concluded her emotional introduction by quoting the Pledge of Allegiance, “One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Some have noted that there was a clear emphasis on the “for all” part. Gaga then continued with her iconic hit “Poker Face” as she descended down towards the field. From there, Gaga performed even more of her greatest hits. Gaga made sure not to disappoint her little monsters as she belted out the lyrics to favorites such as “Just Dance,” “Telephone,” and “Bad Romance.” Gaga mainly sang the choruses of each song, but when it came to her 2011 hit, “Born This Way,” she made sure to offer a clear message of accepting one another. She did this by adding lyrics found towards the end of the song, “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life I'm on the right track baby I was born to survive.” Gaga closed her show with the drones once again, and she even gave a shout out to her biggest fans, her parents. It was not long until fans took to Twitter as various memes involving the performance flooded timelines. Overall, Gaga pulled off a historic show of her own, one that many people say they will not forget.
The Super Bowl, in its current form, is known for companies spending millions to snag a thirty-second spot on the air. However, this year was significantly different. Advertisements did in some instances become political. Recently, President Trump has signed his executive order on immigration. With this in mind, it was hard not to assume some companies were taking this into account. Budweiser’s Super Bowl advertisement celebrated the contributions of foreign nations coming together. Audi promoted women’s rights by calling for a spot of equal pay for women. Kia transformed Melissa McCarthy into a dedicated environmental advocate. One advertisement in particular, 84 Lumber, was found too controversial to be aired fully on television. However, there were still plenty of light-hearted and fun commercials scattered in between. Not in any particular order, these were considered the best of less controversial/more entertaining this year.